4th August 2021 – PRESS RELEASE
Royston Smith, Conservative MP for Itchen, visited the Game Nation High Street Gaming Centre in Southampton last Friday.
Game Nation CEO Adam Hodges and Regional Director Neil Finch hosted Mr. Smith, who had never stepped inside a high street gaming arcade before.
“The high street or adult gaming centre sector is clearly misunderstood by many people, so we were keen to be part of an industry-wide campaign instigated by bacta to reach out to MPs and show them what we are really about,” said Neil Finch.
“Like many MPs, although had visited seaside arcades, he openly admitted that he knew very little about our side of the business and was happy to listen to what we had to say. We spent a good hour discussing what high street gaming centres are and how they have become a vital part of the local economy and how well regulated we are, he was happy to listen to our requests and confirmed he would raise our issues in the House of Commons on the sector’s behalf.”
“It’s fantastic that Neil and Adam were able to demonstrate the vital role that adult arcades play on the high street and to explain what bacta will be calling for in the upcoming Gaming Review,” said John White, bacta CEO. “It’s thanks to visits like this that MPs and government ministers will have a much better understanding of who we are and what we do.”
IMAGE: From left: Adam Hodges. Royston Smith MP and Neil Finch
Bacta represents the owners and operators of over-18 amusement centres (AGCs), seaside amusement arcades, and the companies that hire machines to pubs, clubs, bowling alleys, bingo halls and similar venues. It also represents the manufacturers and distributors of all types of gaming machines and amusement equipment ranging from children’s rides, to jukeboxes, fruit machines in pubs and clubs, redemption machines, crane grabbers, penny falls, tuppeny nudgers, test your strength machines, videos, and pool tables.
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